Tuesday, February 9, 2010

R.I.P. - William Binder of Philippe's

I was sad to open the Los Angeles Times this morning and read the obituary of William Binder of Philippe's. Even if you're not a meat eater you've got to make the pilgrimage to Philippes, its always on the list that I give visitors to our fair city.
Mr. Binder married into the family that purchased the restaurant in 1927 from Philippe Mathieu. The original location fell to the bulldozer when the 101 freeway was built but Mr. Binder persuaded his father in law that the restaurant had life in her yet and they located in 1951 to their current location on Alameda. Do yourself a favor and please visit Philippe's, the Binder family has kept it true to its roots.
On a related side note- did everyone catch the Los Angeles Times article on Dolores chili brick in last week's Food Section? Dolores is the chili that is served (deliciously) at Philippes.